Version: 1.3.1 Web: https://github.com/phw/peek
Everyone loves funny pictures from the Internet, especially when they’re animated GIF files. You may give them a thumbs up on social media sites or download the best ones, but why not join in the fun by producing something yourself?
A GIF is essentially a way of storing several bitmap images as frames that appear in a set order on a loop, much like a short film clip. Naturally, most applications that can record your actions on-screen as a film clip can also save them as a compact GIF. Peek is a bit different in that saving your screen activity as a GIF is its primary feature, not an auxiliary option. This is a compact piece of software that’s designed to do one simple task, and it turns out that Peek is very efficient and easy to use.
Peek is designed to record specific rectangular parts of your desktop (it can’t capture the full monitor), so you may want to use it for guides and manuals that will benefit with a narration. The Peek window is mostly transparent and looks like a frame with a header bar, which in turn hosts only the ‘Record as …’ button and a tiny drop-down menu. The application enables you to choose from the list of supported output formats, which includes MP4, WebM, animated PNG (APNG) along with GIF (no surprise there). So, a typical workflow is to adjust and place the
Peek’s window frame, press the Record button, take a deep breath and perform actions that you want to record. When you finally hit Stop, the program will give you the chance to choose a destination directory where you want to place your recording.
You can use your GIFs in all cases when an animation works better than words. For instance, small GIFs work very well in all sorts of online manuals, of which we most frequently read README.MD files on Github.
Generally, we found that Peek worked very smoothly for us and we also appreciated its wide availability, including Ubuntu PPA, Flatpak and Appimage bundles, coupled with comprehensive instructions that make the installation of Peek a breeze.